I was born and raised in Evansville, IN.  I have lived in Indianapolis and have been happily married to David for over 23 years.  I am a mom of two amazing sons–one now serving our country and one attending a university high school.  Both are making me proud every day.  I am a staunch advocate for all children.

I am a writer at heart, and hope to publish great works as I continue on my life journey. I love spending time with my family including our dog, Emma. I love being alive and I lead a pretty simple life with intention and purpose.   I like to read, play word games, and listen to music. I enjoy strength training and yoga. I love to laugh.

Many years ago I traded in my corporate America suit for some comfortable jeans, and made the bold move to stay home with my sons and take care of my husband’s ailing parents, God rest their souls.  During that time I became a “streams of income” person–Realtor, communications specialist, writer, editor, I.T. consultant, and marketing consultant. I did not get rich, but I led an enriching life filled with the joys of family. I would not trade the time spent raising my children for anything.

I thought I had finally found what I want to be when I grow up. I  re-entered the ranks of the full-time employed in 2011, while not completely bailing out on my kids. I found my home in the amazing world of elementary education.  I was the HOSTS Instructor at McClelland Elementary School, MSD Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN.  I found new joy and purpose in serving as a remedial reading instructor to 2nd and 3rd grade students, graced with the opportunity to improve literacy in young children through a specialized program called HOSTS (“Help One Student To Succeed”).

I am now a graduate of Western Governors University with a BA in Elementary Education. I spent 8 years in elementary education.  With all of my heart and soul, I loved teaching children. It was such a joy to do something that I loved so much. However, I could not make a living or have a life of my own. Teachers of the 21st century are not paid enough to live above the poverty line, have no future income potential, and terrible retirement benefits. All are expected to work 7 days a week, take work home, stay late, come in early…we are held responsible for everything but have control over almost nothing.  The more we give, the more they expect.

And so I have come full circle. Leaving was the single most excruciating professional decision I have ever made.  I am deeply sad to not teach children anymore. I will miss my classroom, my students and families, the joy I found in finally being what I believe God made me to be.  Loving what I did for a living was indescribable. Being paid a living wage to work 8 hours and then have a life of my own is not something I could continue to trade for the privilege. And so my journey continues…

Why I No Longer Teach

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